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11 Nautical Crafts to Bring the Beach into Your Home

Everyone knows that summertime means beach time, and although the lockdown has limited the amount of time we can spend at the seaside, here are 11 amazing crafts that'll bring the joy of the beach straight to your home. Give them a go yourself, and then even if you're stuck indoors, you can enjoy the delight of sun, sand and surf in the comfort of your house.

11 Nautical Crafts to Bring the Beach into Your Home

1. Sand Plant Pots

These charming pots are reminiscent of luscious white sandy shores, and best of all they're super easy to make! All you need to do is to cover a terracotta pot with glue and roll it in sand. Then, you can get creative embellishing the pots with ribbon, twine or shells.

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2. Watercolour Seaside Art

How lovely and soothing is this watercolour artwork? Cassie Brown has put together a comprehensive tutorial so that you can make your own here, so pick up some paints – such as Rare Earth's Pallette of 18 (405660) – and enjoy a mindful moment of painting a sunset.

3. Crochet Coverup

There's nothing prettier than a lacy crochet coverup worn over your cossie. The intricate designs make the project more suited to advanced crocheters, but the gaps and eyelets mean it uses less yarn than you'd think – pick up some yarn balls like Deramores Studio DK in Pearl and have a go!

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4. Embellished Sunglasses

Little flowers, gems and other embellishments can completely transform a pair of sunglasses. Try updating yours with Fleur's Paper Flowers Collection (488124) – the florals come in lots of different colours and shades, meaning you can achieve a lovely ombré effect down the sides.

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5. Sundress

Loose, flowing dresses are perfect for both that summer heat and for looking effortlessly glam. Why not have a go at stitching one of your own, using a pattern like Burda 644 (476752). It features two elastic waist sundresses, available in sizes 18 to 28.

6. Beach Towel Bag

Whether you're taking it to the beach or just into the garden, towels can be bulky and awkward to carry around – so one that can fold up into a bag with pockets is ingenious! Try turning your favourite beach towel into one, with cleverly sewn-on straps and clasps, and get ready to enjoy the sun.

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7. Shell Necklace

Shell jewellery is gorgeous, and it’s sure to remind us of happy seaside memories every time we catch sight of them. Since shells are so small and brittle, though, they can be hard to craft with. No problem – just pick up a set like our Beach Shells (532616) and you're ready to go!

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8. Sea Glass Mobile

Sea glass is great for pretty crafts as it catches the light beautifully, so what better project for your sea glass collection than a hanging mobile? Simply tie string around the pieces, or carefully drill holes through them, and hang them up in a pretty arrangement. You could opt for all one colour or go for a fabulous rainbow display.

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9. Lolly Stick Plaque

If you've been enjoying some iced treats this summer, why not use the leftover sticks to make some charming rustic wall art? Simply give the sticks a coat of paint, and get creative with shells and stones, spelling out a word. You could write beach, or personalise it with a name or short message.

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10. Nautical Coasters

Masking tape and fluid are excellent for making simple cutout images, like these nautical designs. Simply mask a beach-themed design and cover it with paint, like Folkart Chalk Paint in White (522098). If you can't get the shapes quite right, you could even print them then trace or cut them out with a craft knife.

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11. Quilled Whale Art

Quilling is perfect for nautical artwork, as the twirls of paper already look like pretty waves. Carla Bagshaw has put together a lovely tutorial here to make a quilled whale and its spout of water. Give the craft a go yourself, with some precut strips like those in Creativ Quilling Paper (448859).